On April 11, 2020 Chernihiv IT cluster held the regular programming skills contest for students. The situation with coronavirus did not prevent us from having the event, it merely changed its format and what’s more, gave us an idea of the contest challenge.
Eight teams of 2-3 students gathered online and were tasked with the development of a Telegram bot to work with open data on COVID19. Participants received clear instructions as to the functionality of the bot and evaluation criteria for the final projects.
The bot had to:
In addition to technical features, the teams had to prepare 3-minute demos of their projects and present them for the judges and all participants.
During the entire time of the contest, the teams had an open communication channel with our experts and could ask for advice and additional guidance.
Except for one team that unfortunately dropped out, all teams managed to complete the task within the allocated timeframe and presented demos of their Telegram bots. The judges (Oleksandr Skosyr, Java Developer Lead at Astound Commerce, Volodymyr Rudyi, CEO at AgileVision, Volodymyr Bazylevych, Head of Information and Computer Systems Department at Chernihiv Polytechnic National University, Iryna Lysytsia, Director of Chernihiv IT Cluster) evaluated the projects and identified the winners.
There were two winning teams: Бот и туфельки (Bot and slippers) (Marko Makhovyk, Oleksandr Sylenok, Oleksandr Fugrailov) and Darin & Zerowan (Andrii Kirienko and Ihor Melikhov), students of third and second years respectively.
The winners traditionally get a scholarship allowance from Chernihiv IT Cluster.
Based on the feedback from participants they quite enjoyed the online format of the contest and plan to take part in future projects organized by Chernihiv.IT team: “The task was interesting, it was interesting to work with friends. You feel yourself a part of something bigger, when you work towards a joint outcome.”
You can watch the programming skills contest video and presentation of demos here:
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